During a recent appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man, musician and producer Will.i.am revealed his latest project to a surprised studio audience: a smartwatch.
At least, based on the brief on air demonstration, that’s what the sleek, black device appears to be.
Showcasing the device in a understated fashion while being interviewed by host Carr, Will.i.am said, “I don’t carry my phone anymore; I just use this, [this] is my phone.” He then began tapping the device’s touchscreen to trigger the number key tones. In the clip you can see him playing music from his watch, and explaining the watch also has the ability to use Social Networking site. Alan Carr quickly steps in with a witty remark of “But does it tell the time?”
“There’s a lot of smartwatches that need phones [to operate]. Mine doesn’t need a phone; this is the phone,” he added.
Based on the limited visual demonstration, the device’s swiping dynamic is reminiscent of the interface interactions used on the recently unveiled Android Wear, Google’s operating system for wearables. However, Will.i.am did not reveal any of the device’s specs.
And lest anyone think the smartwatch reveal is merely a belated April Fools’ prank, the musician, widely known as a tech enthusiast, later confirmed on Twitter that he is planning a formal launch for the device soon.
Based on his tweets, the launch date for the as-yet-unnamed device is July.
“I started the company myself; I funded it, used my own money to develop it,” Will.i.am said. “It’s a phone; it has all my music in it.”
Will.i.am also claimed the device can connect to Bluetooth headphones, and has Twitter, Instagram and Facebook functionality.